June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

It’s summer and that means cook outs and corn on the cob! Generally corn on the cob comes from sweet corn which was first discovered, or created, in Mexico around 9,000 BC. Corn on the Cob is good for you, fun to eat and easy to make. It can be boiled, steamed or grilled and lathered in butter with salt (Both making it less healthy) is hard to beat for a summer treat. I grew up on a farm and we grew corn. Summer was always marked when we served up corn on the cob. Naturally we had to husk in and clean it but no one seemed to mind knowing we would soon be eating it and enjoying every bite.

How to celebrate – Have some corn on the cob. Go pick your own corn from a field. Try roasting corn over an open fire.

May 5th Cinco de Mayo

The Battle of Puebla in 1862 saw the Mexicans beat a highly trained French army in their long struggle for freedom. It did not bring about Independence but it was a celebrated victory that went a long way in winning freedom and gave the Mexicans a victory to celebrate raising morale and helping them keep the faith. Though Puebla was technically in the United States, California still held a large population of Mexicans, and of course, the Americans were in a Civil War of their own. Even so, it was a great victory bringing about a national reason for joy and hope.

How to celebrate – Read about the battle of Puebla. Learn more about Mexico. Throw a Cinco de Mayo party.

November 2nd Day of the Dead

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Today marks the end of the Day of the Dead in Mexico. It is celebrated beginning on October 31st. The Day of the Dead may date back to Aztec Festivals where one remembers the dead by building altars and placing the favorite foods of the departed in remembrance of them, and to help them with the spiritual journey as they move on in life. Yes, I said life because to those who believe in the festival, those that have died are still on a journey to reach their final resting place. It is considered a part of life, not the end of it. It certainly keeps the memories of those who have passed on before us alive!

How to celebrate – Visit Mexico. Dress up in Day of the Dead festive outfits. Remember those who have passed on fondly.

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Now here’s a day we can all sink our teeth into, Corn on the Cob Day! Some of us wait all year long for this time of year when the corn finally gets ripe enough to pick and boil, steam or grill. Add a little butter and salt and it’s a party! Sweet corn was first grow for consumption in Mexico, 9000 B.C. (Or at least we think). It was as good a gold back then, and it helped that it was the same color! Anyway, it is a fun food to eat and it’s good for you as well. Don’t forget those little things you stick in the end of the cob to keep from burning your fingers!

How to celebrate – Have some corn of the cob today! Try grilling the corn instead of boiling it! Have a corn party!

May 5th Cinco de Mayo

Today Mexicans (and Americans) celebrate Cinco de Mayo (often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16th). Cinco de Mayo celebrates the remebrance of the Battle of Puebla on May 5th. France controlled Mexico in the early 1860’s and Mexico wanted their freedom (they fairly won it at Puebla). It was France’s second intervention in Mexico, but it was also their last. Perhaps a little strange is that Mexico’s battle for freedom occurred on what is today American soil. Puebla is in California near Los Angles. Spain and Britain also went to war with Mexico but came to terms before the battle.

How to celebrate – Study the history of Mexico. Celebrate Mexico’s freedom from foreign interference. Visit the site of the battle.

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Today is National Corn On The Cob Day, hence… we are not celebrating green beans, okra or split peas. If it does not grow on a cob, it ain’t corn on the cob. That corn in the can sort of works, but it isn’t the same. Well, it is the same corn but no where near as much fun to eat.

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I grew up on a farm and when the corn got ripe enough, we could just go out in the field and grab a piece off the stalk and eat it right there if we wanted to. Now it was always better cooked, with salt and butter on it but I was always surprised when I ate it off the stalk because you really could taste how sweet it was.

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Sweet corn has been around since at least 9,000 BC in Mexico. I am not sure exactly how we know that but… okay, I have no reason to doubt it. The Native Americans called it Maize, maybe because it was amazing! You can eat it raw, boiled, steamed or grilled.

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And with summer coming on it’s great right off the grill! It’s such a big deal in Plainview, Minnesota that they have a festival and parade. (I am guessing they grow a lot of corn there.)

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And always make eating corn a fun experience. It’s good for you, it tastes great and it makes nearly everyone happy! (Maybe not those missing teeth.)

How to celebrate – Plan on having Corn On The Cob today. Dress up your Corn on the Cob to make it even more fun. Go to a field and pick some corn.

April 25th National East Meets West Day

There has always been a difference in culture between the East and the West. Look at Japan and Canada, Russia and America, Indian and Mexico. It doesn’t mean one is better than the other or that one is right and one is wrong, it just means… well… there is the east and there is the west!

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If you go far enough east you will eventually end up in the west and vise-versa. There are football games and other sporting events that tries to prove which is better but in the end, it really doesn’t matter. Take a football game many of the players that play for a western team came from the east, and many playing in the east came from the west.

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During World War 2 a big drive was for the Americans to meet up with the Russian to end the war. the Russians were considered the Eastern troops, the Americans the Western. In fact when the two sides decided they could not get along they separated Germany into East Germany and West Germany.

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Even in America the life styles were different. The above photo is of an 1800’s street in Philadelphia. Well established by the mid 1800’s, Philadelphia became a point of culture and refinement. It had been around longer, gone through more was a permanent fixture.

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An old west town of the same era was a little cruder and contained a not so refined culture and citizens. The buildings were smaller and less secure because frankly, the owners didn’t know if they were going to stay there or not. One was not better than the other, they just served different needs and purposes.

How to celebrate – Try and determine where east meets west where you live. If you live in the East take a trip West. If you live in the West take a trip East. (Note what difference you see, and don;t see, on your trip)

November 6th National Nachos Day

If you are like me you may have assumed that nachos have been around forever. Well, apparently they haven’t. This appetizer, snack or meal was invented in 1943 by Ignaci “Nacho” Anaya in Piedras Negras, Coshulia, Mexico.

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In an effort to serve the wives of military personnel stationed in Fort Duncan across the border in America (Texas) Anaya served them the world’s first recognized nachos. The wives apparently loved the dish and went back time and time again to partake of the treat, eventually making their own in Texas and spreading the treat all over the world.

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Nachos can be made with ground beef, chicken, pork or without any meat at all. And while it is not the heathiest meal ever it isn’t all that bad for you either. It can be as spicy or mellow as you make it. Tortilla chips covered with cheese, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, avacado and, maybe, jalapeno peppers are both light and filling. Topped off with a little sour cream, there is hardly anyone who does not enjoy some form of nachos.

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With all the heavy food served up in November, it might be a nice change of pace to serve up a nacho meal one night or for lunch. And really any topping will work still making the meal nachos, While I have never seen a breakfast nacho I do not see why it wouldn’t work, just add some bacon and scrambled eggs and you can make it for breakfast as well!

How to celebrate – Make nachos for lunch or dinner today. Create your own nacho dish. Celebrate Mexican heritage shared with the United States.

June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

Get out the butter and salt and get ready for National Corn on the Cob Day! What a sweet way to celebrate the summer! You can even eat sweet corn right off the cob from the field if you like. It’s not quite as good but it is fresh that way, and when it is fresh it is at it’s sweetest!

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I grew up on a farm and I remember going out in the field and eating corn right off the stalk. If it wasn’t ripe yet, or if it had been picked too late, it wasn’t very good but when it was plump and ready to eat, it was the best thing in the world.

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Corn on the Cob has been around since 9000 B.C. in Mexico, or at least that’s when it is believed it first was used as a food source. It makes you wonder how it got there in the first place and who went up to it and said, hey I think I’ll try eating that, but I am glad they did. Whether it is boiled, steamed or grilled it is truly amazing.

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Of course if you eat too much of it, it has it’s own revenge. And it seems a bit odd that June 11th is the day we celebrate Corn on the Cob. It is right in the middle of the planting season in most places and not yet ready to eat. But I guess it doesn’t really matter because it’s generally pretty good anytime you have it.

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So you can really celebrate Corn on the Cob Day anyway you wish but you might want to model your celebration after Plainview, Minnesota. They have a parade and a full day of activities to welcome corn back to the plate again.

How to celebrate – Find yourself some FRESH sweet corn and enjoy. Try barbecuing  your corn to give it a little extra flavor. Start your own parade for Corn on the Cob Day in your hometown.

 

February 24th National Tortilla Chip Day

The bread of Mexico! The corn chip has become one of America’s favorite treats. It’s great by itself, even better with toppings, and nobody can eat just one! It’s sort of a mix between bread and a potato chip.

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Add a little salsa and you have a great appetizer, or even the beginning of a great meal such as nachos. Guacamole, sour cream, cheese, maybe a little beef or chicken, and now you’ve made a meal that can feed a small army.

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Did you know that Mexican food is not traditionally spicy? You have to add peppers and onion to it to make it hot, something most Mexicans do not do. It is said that businessman Elmer Doolin brought back the idea of tortilla chips and salsa from Mexico to his fellow Texans.

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You can even use tortilla chips as a dessert. Melt some chocolate and dip the chips as you would into ranch dressing or any other dip. You can even mince up some strawberries or blueberries and serve that as a type of salsa. The mix of chocolate and salt from the torilla makes a perfect combination.

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So celebrate the tortilla chip today. They are not difficult to make, just fry some torillas in oil and your done! Or buy a bag from your local grocery and begin to munch you troubles away.

How to celebrate – Discover new and different uses for your tortilla chips. Try making some artwork with your tortilla chips!  Suggest a tortilla chip party with your friends and neighbors.